Question about golden apples

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Who decides which apps will be shortlisted for a golden apple? Are they chosen by the editorial team? I know it's too late now, but for future reference, is there a way I can nominate an app?



Submitted by JeffB on Monday, December 19, 2016

I agree I would also like to be able to nominate apps as well. It would be nice if everyone could nominate apps. Apps that do not meet the requirements could be filtered out and then voted upon to come down with a final list of nominees.

Submitted by Fatima.Hamoud10 on Monday, December 19, 2016

It's not too late to nominate. The votes and nominations are going until September 23, 2016 23:59 PST.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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The shortlists for these Awards are created by members of the AppleVis Editorial Team. This year we began compiling our ‘long lists’ in October, whilst the final shortlisting process typically takes at least a week and involves a significant amount of discussion and debate.

Shortlisting apps and developers for the Golden Apples has never been an easy task, in part because there are always many more worthy apps and developers than it is possible to include on a shortlist.

Based upon our experience, it’s unlikely that an app or developer that anybody is disappointed not to see shortlisted did not appear on our ‘long list’ of possible nominees.

It’s perhaps also worth mentioning that when these Awards were first launched, it was a 2-step process - we would first invite nominations for each of the awards, and from these create shortlists for the final vote. The two main reasons for moving away from this approach was that it was very evident that it created a significant degree of voter fatigue; and to a lesser extent resulted in some people being confused by the process.

Submitted by Peter Verhoeven on Tuesday, December 20, 2016


For me Identifi is the best accessibility app for 2016. But really do not understand why this app is not nominated. It is the first app that offers us as visually impaired free charcter recognition. A old expensive app like KNFB Reader is still nominated.
Also blindsquare is an old app.

Submitted by Toonhead on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Unfortunately, not everyone will be happy with the process but I think it's fine. If there's an app that people truly believe needs to be added, I suppose the best thing that could be done is to write a forum topic about it and let people know why it's so good, and a link to it's directory entry, if one exists. That way the app is still out there for people to consider. However I do believe the process for nominating apps works fine, and has served us well.

Submitted by JeffB on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I think that the submition process could be improved on so that people further understand and can take part in it. I hope that some day we will be able to vote in a way that speeks for blind Apple users as a whole in the Nominating process. Thanks for the reply.